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Connect with other orchestra musicians, share videos of your ensemble's performances, and check out other youth orchestras from around the world! You'll also get the inside track on Carnegie Hall’s plans for the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, now entering its second season!

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NYO-U: Mini-Masterclasses by NYO-USA


NYO-U is a collection of original mini-masterclasses on various music techniques and topics that are written and produced by NYO-USA musicians.

Meet the 2017 National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America and NYO2


Each summer, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute brings together the brightest young players from across the country to form the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. Following a comprehensive audition process and a three-week training residency with leading professional orchestra musicians, these remarkable teenagers embark on a tour to some of the great music capitals of the world to serve as dynamic music ambassadors. In 2017, the orchestra will travel to Latin America with conductor Marin Alsop and perform a program that includes a new Carnegie Hall–commissioned work by Gabriela Lena Frank and Mahler’s Symphony No. 1. The tour kicks off with the orchestra’s annual concert at Carnegie Hall, continuing with stops in Mexico City, Mexico; Quito, Ecuador; and Bogotá, Colombia. In 2018, NYO-USA will return to Asia for a tour with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet.


In 2017, outstanding young American instrumentalists ages 14–17 come together to form NYO2, a summer orchestral training program with a particular focus on attracting talented students from groups underserved by and underrepresented in the classical orchestral field. Running in conjunction with NYO-USA’s annual summer residency at Purchase College, SUNY, NYO2 offers an opportunity for participants to play alongside exceptionally talented peers and learn from a world-class faculty. NYO2 aims to expand the pool of young musicians across the country equipped with the tools to succeed at the highest level, particularly those who will bring greater diversity to classical orchestral music and/or those who have not had access to highly selective training opportunities through major youth orchestra programs, summer festivals and camps, or similar experiences outside of their local community. NYO2 is free for all participants, including room and board, and all rehearsal, teaching, and performance activities.

As a central part of NYO2, participants have the opportunity to work closely with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, an organization with its own deep commitment to education and artist training. In July 2017, NYO2 will perform side by side with select members of The Philadelphia Orchestra in concerts in Philadelphia and at Carnegie Hall led by Giancarlo Guerrero.

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Discussion Forum

NYO-USA: Preparing Your Audition Video

Started by Sam Livingston Oct 2, 2013.

What's on your stand this season? 8 Replies

Started by Elizabeth. Last reply by Jesse Lynn Duncan Oct 8, 2013.

Preparing Your NYO-USA Audition?

Started by Joe Soucy Sep 23, 2013.

Viola Players

Started by Vishnu Ramankutty Jul 12, 2013.

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Comment by Paul MacAlindin on February 8, 2013 at 8:07am

Congratulations to everyone who made the effort to audition. At National Youth Orchestra of Iraq we're just completing our video audition process, and will send out our results mid-February. Out of 150 people who applied, we can only accept 46, much more modest than NYO USA. All our excerpts were from Mendelssohn SCottish Symphony! Good luck to everyone!

Comment by Joe Soucy on February 1, 2013 at 5:40pm

Congrats to ALL who auditioned!! There were SO many phenomenal musicians.  You guys are amazing!

If anyone isn't sure whether or not you requested feedback, please feel free to email nyo-usa@carnegiehall.org and request it.  Thanks!

Comment by Jackie Vaught on February 1, 2013 at 3:24pm
How do we know if we requested feedback or not?
Comment by Joe Soucy on February 1, 2013 at 3:08pm

The total number of alternate musicians for NYO-USA is roughly the same as the size of the orchestra (120 players) and by instrument is proportional to the size of the section.

Comment by nllt ydnr on February 1, 2013 at 1:43pm

how many alternates are there per instrument? (viola specifically?)

Comment by Bentley Corbett on February 1, 2013 at 11:19am
Comment by Logan Campbell on January 31, 2013 at 11:31pm
I'm so nervous but just ready to see whether or not I'm going to Russia and England!!!!
Comment by Sean Michael Maxwell on January 31, 2013 at 10:36pm

Soooo nervous!!! Good luck to everyone! :) 

Comment by Natasha Snyder on January 31, 2013 at 9:10pm

Allison, I am so nervous but excited! I will be checking my email so often tomorrow. Good luck to all :)

Comment by Allison Parks on January 31, 2013 at 8:46pm

Is anyone else a little nervous about finding out the results? I know I am! And excited too! Good luck to everyone!


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